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No Rush to Roker.

By RICHARD TANNER

ROY Evans last night blocked Sunderland's hopes of making Ian Rush a loan star.

The Liverpool boss wants to keep the record-busting striker as cover for Stan Collymore and Robbie Fowler while his team chase the title and the FA Cup.

Rush, who hasn't started a first-team game since November 18, was prepared to go on loan for the first time in his career to improve his fitness.

Since recovering from a cartilage operation, he's been kept out by the form of Collymore and Fowler.

Roker chief Peter Reid hoped to get Rush on a temporary basis to help his team's promotion push.

Evans said: "We're obviously aware of Ian's situation and his need for regular first-team games for his fitness.

"But we've got to look after our own interests. You are loathe to lose a player of his quality because you can't replace them.

"We sold Nigel Clough last week and that means one less body in the squad. The main factor for keeping Ian is his quality. When he has gone on as a sub has been excellent."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Tanner, Richard
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 23, 1996
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